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Noteworthy Issues: Action Comics Presents: Doomsday Special #1 (August, 2023)

Doomsday is trapped in Hell...for now.

Hey, not everything DC put out in August was Knight Terrors.  There was also this special issue involving Doomsday, the monster that killed Superman.

He doesn’t really have much personality, truth be told.

Issue:  Action Comics Presents: Doomsday Special #1, August 2023

Writer:  Dan Watters

Artists:  Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, and Max Raynor

The Plot:  Doomsday is in Hell, but he may not be there much longer if Supergirl and Martian Manhunter can’t stop him.  Also, something with Bloodwynd.

Commentary:  OK, I am guessing Doomsday came back, probably for the anniversary of his first big storyline (you know, the one that killed Superman), but that ended with him in Hell.  You’d think Hell might be the one place Doomsday can’t get out of, but that apparently is not the case.  And since Clark’s life is currently peaceful despite the fact Doomsday did kill him once, it comes down to Kara Zor-El and J’onn J’onzz to stop Doomsday with a little help from, I kid you not, the devil.

Apparently, Doomsday is just wandering around Hell and demolishing every lost soul and demon he comes across, but if he gets out of Hell through the main gate, something that is entirely possible since Hell is powered by the belief of the residents, than he can cause more havoc than he should.  It’s not a bad premise for a special issue.  Kara and J’onn have different ways to battle the monster, and any story where good characters have to ally with the devil without becoming evil themselves is at least an interesting premise.  Doomsday here is as he was created to be, a brute that evolves to defeat any attack so nothing will work on him more than once.  Factor in as well that everyone in Hell, demon and sinner alike, is deathly afraid of him, and he may actually be that unstoppable threat to all existence.  The solution to stopping him from escaping, as a result, is, well, decent, but also felt a little cliched.  I just didn’t buy it.

Likewise, there’s a back-up where magician Bloodwynd is setting himself up as the “Superman of Hell” for…reasons.  I think he got stuck there when Doomsday was knocked into Hell.  I’m not sure.  I don’t think it will matter much to me as I don’t even know who the two kids Superman was talking to in this issue were.  I am a bit behind on all things Superman.

Grade:  C+